Bulgarian Cabinet adopts EU directive on residence and work permits for non-EU foreigners

Bulgaria’s Cabinet adopted on December 17 2013 changes to Foreigners Act and work permit regulations that bring the country in line with a 2011 European Union directive.

The EU directive establishes a single application procedure for single permits for third-country nationals to reside and work in the territory of an EU member state, and a common set of rights for third-country workers legally residing in a member state.

Bulgaria met the deadline for adopting the directive by a matter of days. EU countries had two years, until December 25 2013, to transpose the directive.

A statement after the Cabinet meeting said that in accordance with the directive, rules had been introduced on a single application procedure that leads to a single administrative act , including a residence permit and a work permit.

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